Cape Town - A
first-innings batting meltdown by the Highveld Lions saw their Sunfoil
Series prospects go up in smoke on the opening day of their clash against the
Warriors on Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Magala claimed the outstanding figures of 6/25 in 12 overs as the visitors were
sent packing for a hapless 68 in 36 overs – the lowest total overall this
Andrew Birch also played his hand with a superb 3/19 – the Lions being
dismissed for their second lowest total ever against the Eastern Cape outfit.
then made 65 (124 balls, 9 fours) as the hosts reached 171/4 nine overs before
the scheduled closed after bad light ended play.
the Warriors a lead of 103 and left the Lions needing a miracle to defend the
title they won 12 months ago.
started the day by losing the toss and being put into bat.
Birch making the early inroads, they still managed to reach 60/4 just after
lunch. But their remaining six wickets crumbled for only eight runs giving
Magala his best ever figures.
Kagiso Rapulana top-scored with 20.
then fell to Hardus Viljoen without a
run on the board as the Lions were momentarily given hope.
Ackermann was then involved partnerships of 63 with Edward Moore (38) and 87
with Somila Seyibokwe (47 not out) as the hosts ended the day in total control.
finished with figures of 4/75.